Easy Kale Chips Recipes

Easy kale chips recipes are what you need in your busy lives when you want a lower carb gluten free chip.  We all seem to love chips, but many people are becoming more and more aware that fried chips may not be the best thing for their health.

One of the easiest alternatives to a bag of chips is to learn how to make easy kale chips recipes.  It's a tasty way to eat kale, but in a more enjoyable and "familiar" way.

You could always just go out and buy some kale chips as they are in every grocery store these days.  However, if you are as picky as me, you'll want to make them yourself to ensure the best quality ingredients.

Easy Kale Chips Recipes

Ingredients:

  • Washed and Dried Organic Kale Leaves (tough stems removed)
  • Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Duck Fat or Lard
  • Sea Salt (to taste)
  • Ground Organic Cumin (to taste)
  • Optional:  Fresh Organic Herbs (mint, parsley, cilantro, etc.)

Instructions:

  1. Gently tear kale leaves into smaller pieces. 
  2. Massage your favorite fat onto kale leaves and the fresh herbs.  Then massage in the seasonings.
  3. Bake kale chips (on a cookie tray) at 175 to 200 degrees F for 30 minutes or until crispy.

You should bake your kale chips at the lowest setting of your oven with the door cracked open to preserve as much nutrients as possible.

You can also use Dino (which I prefer) or curly kale leaves in your recipes.  Dino kale will contain less oxalates.

Cheesy Kale Chips Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bunch of Washed and Dried Organic Dino or Curly Kale

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. or More of Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup Low Temperature Organic Nutritional Yeast Flakes
  • Pink Sea Salt, Organic Black Pepper, and Organic Cayenne (to taste)

Remove the hard stem or fibrous core from kale leaves and tear into smaller pieces.

Be sure to wash and thoroughly dry the kale.  You can use a salad spinner to quickly dry your washed kale leaves.

Instructions:

  1. Put kale into a big bowl and sprinkle on the sauce ingredients.  Massage the sauce into your kale leaves.
  2. Spread your kale leaves evenly onto a lined cookie sheet.
  3. Cook in the oven at 200 degrees F with door cracked open for 30 minutes.  Remove from oven and turn kale over.
  4. Bake for another 30 minutes or so - or until kale chips are crunchy.

Kale Chips Recipe with Parmesan Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1 Big Bunch of Organic Dino or Curly Leaf Kale
  • 2 tsp. Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Healthy Cooking Spray
  • Organic Grass Fed Parmesan Cheese

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
  2. Wash kale and tear pieces away from the stem and spin to dry thoroughly.
  3. Put kale in a large bowl and add the olive oil.  Toss to coat the kale with oil.
  4. Spray or lightly grease lined baking sheet and place a single layer of kale onto baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes and remove from oven. 
  6. Turn kale over with a spatula and bake for 10 more minutes or until crispy.
  7. Remove from oven and top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Tips to Make Raw Kale Chips Recipes

You will need a dehydrator in order to make raw kale chips unless you happen to have an oven that goes to a lower temperature.  Most ovens only go down to 170 degrees F - which denatures all enzymes.

Space your kale leaves on the dehydrator trays, so they will dry evenly.  Dry your kale chips in the dehydrator for a few hours and then flip them - dry for a few more hours (until crispy).

The time it takes for your kale chips to get crispy will depend on the temperature of your dehydrator, the humidity in your kitchen, and the amount of "sauce" or oil on your kale chips.

What is Nutritional Yeast?

Nutritional yeast is a cheesy tasting "supplement" that a lot of vegans seem to gravitate towards.

Good quality nutritional yeast comes with lots of B vitamins, essential minerals like chromium, and 18 amino acids.

Nutritional yeast is a deactivated type of yeast that will not add to a Candida yeast overgrowth problem.

You will find nutritional yeast at just about any health food store.  There is good-quality nutritional yeast and then there is bad quality nutritional yeast.

Unfortunately, most commercial brands will contain MSG which is formed by high heat and chemical processing.

Good-quality nutritional yeast will be non-GMO and grown from molasses. 

It will also be low temperature dried - without chemical processing.

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